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A fucking awesome subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression.
Thrash metal songs typically use fast, percussive and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead work.

Possibly the four biggest bands in the Thrash Metal genre include: Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax.

Thrash guitar solos are almost exclusively played at high speed, as they are usually characterized by shredding, and use techniques such as sweep picking, legato phrasing, alternate picking, string skipping, and two-hand tapping. Thrash lead guitarists are rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

The speed and pacing of the songs is what defines thrash metal. The music tends to have a visceral, propellant feel to it due to its drumming style, most commonly utilizing the snare drum on the 1/2 beat, or the 2nd and 4th beats of the measure. Frantic bass drum use is also common. Thrash drummers often use two bass drums. Some thrash drummers are revered as some of the "best drummers in rock music".
Most famous thrash metal bands: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax.
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thrash kicks nu metal's little boy scrotum into its mouth
dont forget Testament, Exodus, and Megadeth
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A Sub-Genre of Metal made popular during the 80's originally by bands such as Motorhead and Venom. Metallica then took the style and made it into a more popular and prominent style. Other bands through the Thrash ages are Overkill, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth, Sepultura, Vio-Lence, Dark Angel, Death Angel, Kreator and so forth.

Basically Thrash is a fast paced Metal style that usually includes lots of Palm Muting on the top E string and mega fast solo's.
"Did you see Overkill play last night"

"Yeah, they were Thrashy as fuck!"
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Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music. The origins of thrash metal are generally traced to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when a number of heavy metal bands began incorporating speed metal's extreme speed into traditional metal melody and riffs.
Thrash metal bands include:
* Megadeth
* Metallica
* Anthrax
* Sepultura
* Slayer
* Testament
* Death Angel
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A subgenre of metal music, considered by many to be the original extreme metal genre. It essentially began as a derivative of speed metal, played by bands like Motorhead and Overkill. Thrash metal took the high speed aspect of such bands, and added NWOBHM influenced melodies, and more progressive elements to the music.

Thrash metal's origins trace back to the early 1980's, and San Fransisco is considered the birthplace of most of the thrash greats. Thrash metal bands include Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Kreator, etc. It has proved to be very influential to almost every metal style that has come about since it's inception, and has experienced somewhat of a popularity revival in recent years.
Dude 1: *Slayer playing in the background* Man, Thrash metal fucking owns! what the hell happened to bands like this?

Dude 2: Uh, I'm going to go see Megadeth in 2 weeks..

Dude 1: ...You bastard!
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The most true metal genre ever created.
Consisting of pure angst of the teenage soul, high speeds and killer guitar solos. It will be a blast to your face.

Metallica - Creeping Death
#* Slayer
#* Megadeth
#* Metallica
#* Sepultura
#* Kreator
#* Testament
#* Onslaught
...and many many others, from the 80 thrash metal invasion.
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Thrash Metal is not Speed Metal. Many confuse the two genres. Thrash Metal started in the early 80's with bands like Metallica and Overkill. Thrash has a strong hardcore punk influence, while Speed Metal is mainly a faster version of traditional heavy metal. I read somewhere someone was saying Megadeth is speed metal. Not True! They are Thrash. Thrash Metal and Speed Metal are two completely different genres. Thrash has had influence on the more extreme genres and didn't show up until quite a few years after Speed Metal which started to surface in the late 70's.
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